New Event Space Opening in The Vista in Former Jillian’s

The Arnold Companies announced today the opening of Junction 800, a multi-purpose event venue in the former Jillian’s space.

The 16,000 square foot facility will have open floor space for maximum flexibility allowing each event to be customized as needed. Southern Way Hospitality Group will be the managing entity and caterer for all events.

The venue will seat over 500 guests, and can serve up to 1,000 people for cocktail receptions.


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“We’re very excited to add this venue to the options in Columbia,” said COO Shelly Little. “Junction 800 will fill a need for space downtown as Columbia continues to grow and expand. We are looking forward to adding a facility like this in one of the liveliest places in the heart of the Vista adjacent to the convention center, the University of South Carolina and what is soon to be the only four-star hotel, Hotel Anthem, in Columbia.”

Junction 800 will have a large expansive parking lot with over 100 spaces available with easy access to the venue.

“This large flexible space full of history is needed, and will be a great addition to venue options in Columbia,” Southern Way Vice President Jesse Bullard added. “It is a great location for weddings, galas and fundraisers and almost any event you could imagine. We’re so excited to start booking.”

Junction 800 will be available for events beginning November 1, 2019 and has already started filling the calendar with Fall 2019 clients.

“The Vista is truly becoming a destination for residents and tourists alike, enhancing the vibrant and growing lifestyle of activities in downtown Columbia,” said CEO Ben Arnold. “This event space is another piece that will add to the attraction and development of the Vista.”


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